A Cultural History
By (author) Michael Eaude
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Catalonia by Michael Eaude
Book DescriptionSqueezed between more powerful France and Spain, Catalonia has endured a violent history. Its medieval empire that conquered Naples, Sicily and Athens was crushed by Spain. Its geography, with the Pyrenees falling sharply to the rugged Costa Brava, is tormented, too. Michael Eaude traces this history and it monuments: roman Tarragona, celebrated by the poet Martial; Greek Empuries, lost for centuries beneath the sands; medieval Romanesque architecture in the Vall de Bo:i churches (a World Heritage Series) and Poblet and Santes Creus monasteries. He tells the stories of several of Catalonia's great figures: Abbot Olivia, who brought Moorish learning to Europe, the ruthless mercenary, Roger de Flor, and Verdaguer, handsome poet-priest. Catalonia is famous today for its twentieth-century art. This book focuses on the revolutionary Art Nouveau buildings (including the Sagrada Familia) of Antoni Gaudi. It also explores the region's artistic legacy: the young Picasso painting Barcelona's vibrant slums; Salvador Dali, inspired by the twisted rocks of Cap de Creus to paint his landscapes of the human mind; and Joan Miro, discovering the colors of the red earth at Montroig.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195327977
(215mm x 146mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 10-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Eaude
Triumph at Midnight in the Century, Hardback (September 2008)
Arturo Barea (1897-1957) is often seen as merely a spontaneous writer with a passion against injustice. This biography is based on numerous interviews with people who knew Barea. It revisits Barea's writing qualities and deficiencies in the context of stimulating intersections of literature and politics, and of Spain and England.
Catalonia, Paperback (July 2007)» View all books by Michael Eaude
Presents a cultural history of Catalonia, exploring the distinctive nature of Catalan identity through the perspectives of political struggle, a vibrant literary tradition and world-famous innovations in architecture and the visual arts.
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Author Biography - Michael Eaude
Michael Eaude writes for the Guardian and Independent and is the author of Barcelona, The City that Re-Invented Itself.
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